How to Add Your Email to Outlook for Windows

Access different types of email accounts from one place

What to Know

  • 2007 through 2010: Select Tools > Account Settings > New under Email tab > Add New E-Mail Account window.
  • Next: Select Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP > select Next > follow on-screen instructions.
  • 2013 and above: Select File > Add Account > enter email address and select Connect, or select Email Account.

This article explains how to add an email account to Outlook 2007 and above for Windows.

While you can add your email to Outlook 2007 and above, Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2010 requires different steps than Outlook 2013 and above.

How to Add Your Email to Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2010

Microsoft currently only supports Outlook 2007 version 12.0.6680.5000 and above. However, you can use either a supported or an unsupported version of Outlook to access your email.

Unsupported versions of Outlook have limited features, not allowing access to calendars, contacts, or tasks, so it's not recommended to use an unsupported version of Outlook.

  1. Open Outlook. Go to Tools and select Account Settings.

  2. In the Account Settings window under the Email tab, select New.

  3. In the Add New E-Mail Account window, select Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP or HTTP and click Next.

  4. Follow the instructions of the prompts onscreen to fill in your email account information, and then click Next.

How to Add Your Email to Outlook 2013 and Above

Adding an email to newer versions of Outlook for Windows is similarly easy to do, and considering modern Outlooks' cleaner interface than versions from over a decade ago, it's easier to navigate, too.

  1. Open Outlook and select File. Then, select Add Account.

  2. In Outlook 2019 and 2016, enter your email address and select Connect. In Outlook 2013, select Email Account and enter your email information. Then, click Next.

  3. If prompted for more information like a password, enter it, select OK, and then select Finish.

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